Museum Hosting Summer Academy for Youth

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 20, 2008 – The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is hosting a Summer Academy for youth June 2-6.

Participants will experience a number of activities focusing on the diverse cultures within this region — Native American, French, Spanish, African American, German and Irish — and their use of natural resources and tools. Youth will discover the cultures’ similarities and differences, get a taste of each culture’s foods, hear stories and participate in hands-on activities, music, games and role-playing, said Ellen Hahs, Museum curator. Those who attend also will learn how the Museum helps preserve and promote this area’s rich regional history through art, artifacts and interactive displays.

Activities and demonstrations will include spear throwing, bartering day, soil and seeding by the Hutson Greenhouse, Star Lab by the NASA Educator Resource Center, soap making and wool spinning by Barbara Bailey, and a pipe organ performance by Dr. Gary Miller, director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Presentations will be given by representatives with the Trail of Tears State Park, Mastodon State Historic Site, Felix Valle State Historic Site and the Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Center.

A morning session for children ages 3-8 is planned for 10 a.m. to noon. Adult supervision is required. An afternoon session for youth ages 9-15 is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Because of limited seating pre-registration is required for this free event. Please contact Ellen Hahs at ehahs@semo.edu or (573) 651-2301.

The Academy also will feature special guests who will speak from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 3 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall. On June 2, Dennis Stroughmatt, a touring French Creole musician and speaker working across the United States, Canada, and Europe, will present “La Guillanee: Ancient French Traditions Live in Missouri through Music and Food.” Speaking on June 3 will be Dr. Frederick Fausz, associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Fausz has many interests including American Indians, Colonial America, Fur Trade, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Era, and French Creole culture in the Mississippi River Valley. Fausz will discuss “The Osage-French Fur Trade Before and After Lewis and Clark.”

For more information, call Ellen Hahs in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at (573) 651-2301 or ehahs@semo.edu.